Jones & Mayer Bounces Staveley
In what must have been a case of the contractor bowing to pressure from the client, Jones & Mayer - the firm that provides contract legal services to the tune of at least $1 million annually based on recent numbers - tossed aside former Interim Police Chief Steve Staveley today.
...AND DUMPS THE CHIEF
In an article by Mike Reicher in the Daily Pilot today, HERE, Richard D. Jones - a partner at Jones & Mayer - was extremely critical of Staveley for his letter sent to the CMPD troops when he stepped away from his job on Monday. Staveley has been a long-time consultant with Jones & Mayer, which is how he ended up serving Costa Mesa twice as Interim Police Chief. They now apparently have severed all ties with Staveley
WHY? WE SUSPECT DOLLARS
We don't know exactly what kind of pressure was brought on Jones & Mayer in this situation, but I suspect officials from our city wanted his scalp for the way he characterized members of the council and their actions and likely made that point in terms any contractor would understand - dollars.
PERRY VALANTINE SETS THE TONE
Just to make things a little clearer, please know that there were many speakers at Tuesday's council meeting who were supportive of the Chief. Let's set the tone for that meeting. Here's the level-headed and persuasive Perry Valantine delivering a message to the council during public comments. Jim Righeimer rips the crowd, Monahan demands "professionalism" - oh, really?
GENIS READS STAVELEY
Very shortly thereafter former mayor Sandra Genis - who has never stopped being involved in civic issues and brings a tenacity and expertise that's rare in council chambers - felt moved to read the text of Staveley's letter to the troops:
CHAMNESS PRAISES "THE CHIEF"
Then Costa Mesa Police Association President Jason Chamness, apparently moved by Genis' recitation, stepped up to deliver what might have been a eulogy for Staveley - at least a eulogy for his professional career:
EPPERSON REQUESTS CALM DELIBERATION
Then retired Costa Mesa Police lieutenant Clay Epperson stepped to the microphone and provided further support for Staveley and asked the council to take the time to calmly deliberate their actions on the budget and the police restructuring:
WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?
I could go on and on, but I'd burn your bandwidth with more video messages. Suffice it to say that Steve Staveley had it exactly right and the quicker the residents of this city realize that fact, the greater the chance we have of reining these clowns in before they totally destroy this city to enhance Righeimer's political profile.